Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy 2013

In 2013, Government of India released a new science, technology and innovation policy that lays greater thrust on innovation, establishing research institutes and encourages women scientists with an aim to position itself among the top five scientific powers in the world by 2020. Here are the important facts and observations from this 22 page document:

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‘Endeavour’ retires

NASA’s Space shuttle Endeavour retired from the service and was sent to a museum.  About Endeavour: Endeavour was introduced as a replacement to Challenger, which exploded during launch in 1986. It made its first flight on May 7, 1992 on STS-49 mission. Its last mission was STS-134 in May 2011. Its last mission was on

World Alzheimer’s Day observed globally

September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day. The day is observed to spread awareness about Alzheimer’s disease across the globe. What is Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer’s disease is most common form of dementia (loss of memory). The disease, caused by the degeneration of brain cells and nerves, impacts functioning of the brain, affecting day-to-day activities in its

What causes power grid failure?

Recently, East, North and North-East regions of India went through a severe blackout for several hours after the sudden collapse of the northern grid. This article endeavors to answer some general questions pertaining to Power grid. What constitutes a Power grid? An electricity or power grid is a network of power lines that withdraws electricity

‘Quantum dot’ solar cells

Researchers from University of Toronto (U of T) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have developed the most efficient Colloidal Quantum Dot (CQD) solar cell ever. The cell has been built from inexpensive materials and it is certified at world-record 7.0 % efficiency. What are quantum dots? Quantum dots are semiconductors with

Double ITCZs

{Reference: Double ITCZs – Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 106 No. D11, by Chidong Zhang} The ocean-atmospheric phenomenon called Double Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (DITCZ) investigated by the Researchers at the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, have investigated over the Western Indian Ocean, for its meteorological characteristics. What is DITCZ? A Double Inter Tropical Convergence